2017 Sponsors

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GP Bullhound

gp-bullhound    As dealmakers in technology, GP Bullhound provides independent strategic advice on mergers and acquisitions and private placements to entrepreneurs, companies and investors. By combining a true passion for innovation with great access to global buyers and capital across Europe, US and Asia, GP Bullhound has completed transactions with many category leaders including Avito, Delivery Hero, Fjord, King.com, Pingdom, Pozitron and Spotify. The firm was founded in London in 1999 and today also has offices in San Francisco, Stockholm, Berlin and Manchester. For more information, please visit www.gpbullhound.com


Growth Business is an invaluable resource for entrepreneurs and leaders of fast-growth enterprises. It offers a goldmine of practical information, insights and inspiration for established businesses which are achieving rapid expansion, helping them overcome obstacles to their growth and maximise their potential.


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With more than 1,400 emerging technology clients, Orrick is a leading global law firm renowned for advising high-growth technology companies and lead investors in the sector. We regularly advise industry leaders, from incubation through their strategic exit by IPO or trade sale and other growth opportunities. We are able to offer diverse resources, including expert knowledge accrued from years of working with founders, deep-rooted relationships with venture capitalists and angel investors, as well as critical insight into this rapidly evolving and increasingly competitive marketplace.

In 2013, our London emerging companies team completed more than 85 transactions, including more than 60 company representations. Our dominant presence in London and Silicon Valley as well as other leading technology markets such as Berlin, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco and the Far East, sets us apart from our peer firms. With 26 offices throughout Europe, Asia and the US, our global footprint enables us to scale with our local emerging technology clients and offer seamless service as they grow and expand. We put our network to work for our clients—wherever they are in the world.


Award Sponsors



With 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs over 130,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

High-growth businesses like yours make a huge difference the economy and to our day-to-day lives. From creating new jobs and new investment opportunities, to the innovations they bring, fast-moving high-growth companies hold the potential to shape the future.

As banking partner to some of the most disruptive and innovative businesses in the UK and beyond, we understand entrepreneurs and what it takes to help make a venture successful. For the ambitious entrepreneur growth can sometimes happen so quickly that you have little time to focus on your financial strategy – that’s why it’s so important to have a banking partner who can keep pace with your business.

Click here for more information https://entrepreneurs.barclays/



berenbergBerenberg is the world’s second-oldest bank, founded in 1590. Headquartered in Hamburg, we have been servicing clients for more than 420 years. We have a unique ownership structure, being family and privately owned and led by three managing partners who have unlimited liability which extends for a further five years after their retirement. Such a structure allows for long-term, entrepreneurial thinking aligned to our clients. Today, Berenberg is a modern and full-service private, investment and corporate bank with an integrated approach to private and institutional clients. We are financially strong with a core capital ratio of 14.4 per cent and assets under management of some €28.2 billion. Our 1,116 employees operate in 17 locations across eight countries: Germany, France, the UK, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Austria, China and the US.


Bird and Bird

BIRD&BIRD_POS_LOGO_RGB_GREENBird & Bird is an international leading law firm specialising in delivering expertise across a full range of legal services in business sectors where technology plays a key role.  With our longstanding and recognised focus on emerging disruptive technologies and industries transformed by the use of technology, we have long helped clients protect and exploit the knowledge, intellectual property and products that are their key assets and thereby achieve their strategic goals.

With more than 1,100 lawyers and legal practitioners across 28 offices throughout the world, the key to our success is our constantly evolving sector-focused approach. Our clients build their businesses on technology and intangible assets, and operate in regulated markets. To better meet their needs we have developed deep industry understanding of key sectors including technology, communications, financial services, media, life sciences, healthcare and energy.

From this deep sector experience, we appreciate the potential of companies from their early stages and understand the value of building a long term relationship with our clients; many of whom have been with us from initial start-up right the way through to exit.  Our London corporate team are top tier ranked for Venture Capital by the leading legal directories and act for both investors and investees companies on both equity and debt financings at all stages of the funding cycle and subsequently on the exits of those investee companies.

Calibre One Ltd

Calibre One Logo - MasterEstablished in London in 1999, Calibre One is a leading, international Executive Search organisation with offices in London, San Francisco, Menlo Park, New York, Shanghai and Singapore. We specialise in working for technology, and technology-enabled companies. We help our clients that include some of the world’s most successful and interesting companies – from iconic giants to VC-backed market pioneers – to build relationships with the world’s most talented people. We specialise in managing high-level executive searches for software, hardware, business services, communications, cleantech and internet businesses and corporates undergoing digital transformation.



Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters and high-stakes litigation, where innovation meets the law. Cooley is one of the world’s leading law firm for start-ups and venture capital. Since forming the first institutional investor fund in Silicon Valley, Cooley enables entrepreneurs to transform breakthrough ideas into successful companies. Cooley opened in London in January 2015 and the 90 lawyer office was awarded ‘London Office of the Year’ at the British Legal Awards in November 2015 and Legal Week’s International Law Firm Innovation Award in May 2016. Cooley has 900 lawyers across 12 offices in the United States, China and Europe.




As the world’s first and most successful investment crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube enables entrepreneurs to bypass the traditional business angel, venture capital or bank finance routes, giving them more control and access to more investors. For investors, Crowdcube provides them with a way to cherry-pick a stake in an innovative business that traditionally would have been restricted to corporate investors. In addition, they can now benefit from a fixed return per annum by lending money to more established companies offering a mini-bond on Crowdcube.

JAG Shaw Baker


Founded in 2013, JAG Shaw Baker is a strategic law firm that has become central to the European technology and venture capital ecosystem in advising entrepreneurs, companies and investors in high-growth markets including the life sciences, clean tech and digital technology sectors.

We provide a collaborative culture that gives our clients access to exceptional commercial legal advice, deep industry expertise and an understanding of how to build a business from inception through to successful exit. From start-up, scale-up or speed-up to high-growth, late stage, M&A, and post-IPO, our UK and US lawyers have extensive expertise in representing UK and European companies, and representing US and European investors and strategic buyers, on quality transactions. For more information visit our website at www.jagshawbaker.com or follow us on Twitter @Jagshawbaker.

Price Bailey

hays_1337310Price Bailey specialises in providing accountancy and financial advice to secure the financial future for you and your business. The firm has a range of specialists in many areas which combine to provide a complete, integrated offering including tax consultancy, corporate finance, strategic planning, private wealth management and employment law.


Shakespeare Martineau

Shakespear Martineu

Shakespeare Martineau is a firm with big ambitions for its clients. We’re passionate about providing the right solutions and driven to make positive difference in everything we do.

It’s our business to understand yours, bringing creative ways of thinking to complex challenges.

You can expect market leading expertise from professionals who are on your wavelength, and provide original solutions in the areas that matter. Combined with a deep sector expertise, we bring to our clients a clear view of what’s desirable, what’s possible and what’s next.

From innovators and influencers to the cornerstones of the community, our clients are as diverse as they are dynamic. We’re proud of the longstanding relationships we create with them. They tell us it’s our energy and flair that sets us apart as we strive for their success.They also like our straight talking!

By always believing we can find a better way for our clients, we’ve grown to be the leading law firm in the Midlands, strong in London and connected globally.

Our people across our regional and international networks are united by a shared pride and confidence. Together, and individually, we make an exceptional team and we bring practical experience and perspectives to continually surprise the market.


Symvan Capital


Event Sponsors



Envestors_A4_logo_pos_rgb Envestors brings sophisticated investors from around the world together with unquoted companies looking for equity funding between £500,000 and £10 million. We have a network of nearly 3,000 investors looking to invest a minimum of £25,000 in companies we select as interesting investment opportunities.

We take on only scalable businesses we feel are the right fit for our investment network. Our investors comprise experienced individuals, family offices and investment funds. They are looking for companies with exceptional growth potential and the ability to capture their imaginations.

Envestors was established in 2004 by a small group with extensive experience in raising funding, not as investors but as entrepreneurs with a vision. We bring to our clients that hard-won understanding of what it takes to present yourself to investors as a winning combination of management team, product and inspiration.

Envestors is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK and have offices in London, The Channel Islands and and Dubai.


TW logoTaylor Wessing is a full-service international law firm, working with clients in the world’s most dynamic industries. The firm takes a single-minded approach to advising its clients, helping them succeed by thinking innovatively about their business issues.

Taylor Wessing has leading expertise in technology, media and communications; life sciences; private wealth and energy. The firm’s 30 offices around the world blend the best of local commercial, industry and cultural knowledge with international experience to provide proactive, integrated solutions for our clients.


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